tv Washington Journal CSPAN September 25, 2009 7:00am-10:00am EDT
happy friday to you. good morning. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade today. an american accused of planning to blow up a federal building is now under arrest. that as security agents bring a completely separate plot to use weapons of mass destruction in the u.s. kids across the country may be drinking water full of arsenic and lead. a new report that may have you packing bottled water as you send your kids off to school. and -- >> i think the smoke would have overtook her. >> total strangers run into a burning house to save an elderly
woman. what nearly stopped them, though, from getting her. today's top story. two u.s. cities targeted in two alleged terror plots. federal agents say the suspects in both were ready to pull the trigger. the arrests were in illinois and in texas. counterterrorism thortauthoritiy the plots were unrelated and neither were connected to the third alleged plot based in colorado that we've been talking about all week. first, though, in springfield, illinois, michael fenton is charged with trying to detonate a truck bomb in illinois. he was going to blow them up with a remote control. he was arrested as i pushed the button. in dallas, a 19-year-old jordananian man was arrested for a plot to blow up a 60-story
office tower. >> it's much more difficult for us to find these homegrown terrorists. >> in about 20 minutes, korn correspondent richard lui explains how they outsmartd the alleged terrorists. we have exclusive video of najibullah zazi buying material that can be used to make bombs. he made several purchases recently. experts say he could have done major damage with those chemicals. we're going to learn more about what investigators know about this man. if you have children's and infant's tylenol at home right now, pay attention here. the medicine is being recalled because of a possible bacteria contamination. jen, how big of a danger is this for kids?
>> the good news is that it seems, according to johnson & johnson, that the risk is very remote that any child would be hurt by this, but they want to make absolutely sure. tylenol they've got a history with and how they're dealing with recalls. so they're recalling nearly two dozen tylenol liquids. these are children's and infant's products after they found bacteria in an inactive ingredient. to get the full list so you can check your medicine cabinet, check our web site, cnn.com/robin. it's under important web sites, and what you do is match the numbers to the bottom of the box or look on the sticker that's around the bottle. natasha? >> jennifer, thank you so much for those details. drinking water at many schools around the country is changing to toxic levels of lead and pest sides. the kids in all 50 states have been exposed to this water for the last ten years.
many schools aren't fixing old pipes because providing bottled water is cheaper. the epa says the number of safety violations have speiked n the last decade because of stricter standards. in about half an hour, president obama will announce that iran has a secret facility that they've been keeping secret for years. diplomatic sources say iran recently admitted the planted in a letter to the atomic agency, but only after iran learned about it. they said their energy program is just for their purposes. global economic policy from the smaller g-8, and president obama is pushing for that. that means that countries like china, brazil and india would have a say on things like trade policy and bank regulation.
. police fired pepper spray and rubber bullets here at some of the protestors outside the summit yesterday. they say some of the protestors threw rocks and broke windows. they arrested about 20 people here. vice president joe biden will get a firsthand look at all the flooding damage in georgia today. he's going to see scenes like this one in atlanta as people return home to a massive clean-up. nine people died in the state. president obama has pledged federal relief money for several skbro georgia koiscounties. for some it's just a relief to get home. >> i got to a point where i wanted out of here, i want my house back. >> if you want to help flood victims, check out cnn.com/robin. click on the impact button for details on where donations are needed. rain and storms are expected
in several parts of the country today. a lot of storms lately. let's check in with bob van dillen to update us. good morning. >> some in the midwest right now and then branching out to the mid-atlantic states. once it hits about illinois, one path goes to the right, another one to the left. the left one is the upper-level low. the right one is a stationary front and that's going to steer the rain into kentucky and ohio in the next couple hours. louisville right now, some showers there. dark clouds in there already. rain showers there, too, so wet streets out there for louisville. watch for heavy downpours this morning into the afternoon. could see as much as half an inch of rain, especially if you get one of those thunderstorms developing later today. east a littles farther, it's getting into d.c. but it's pretty much falling shy of philadelphia.
so the rain this morning for baltimore into washington, sliding into that del mar peninsula and it's going to continue pushing to the coast in the next couple hours. rain in iowa. you can see it going up this direction, but as that cold front goes to the east, heavy rain is a possibility. flood watches, flash flood watches, all up there in georgia and tennessee. take a look at atlanta. we're currently dry but that's not going to be the case later today. scattered thundershowers today, maybe half an inch of rain over the weekend. that's bad. we don't want that. >> keep that in mind as you're traveling down to atl. more rain in the forecast. >> nice picture right now. >> it looks nice right now. good news out there. if you are trying to buy or sell your house, it looks like these historic mortgage rates will be sticking around for a while. plus -- what about the star? >> the star? >> is this the smartest horse in the world? wait until you see what else it
more details now on our top story. two alleged terror plots thwarted in the u.s. michael trenton tried to blow up a courthouse in illinois. he is charged with attempted murder of fellow employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. richard, how long has the guy been on the fbi radar? >> agents have been tracking him for two years, but the sting operation started in february. according to the fbi affidavit, an undercover agent posed as a low-level al qaeda operative, then he gave fenton a van
supposedly filled with a ton of explosives. the van was empty. fenton did not know that, but he was arrested after he had the van outside a courthouse and was about to detonate a bomb. he called himself tel aviv islam. people who knew him didn't know that side of him. >> i'm surprised to hear this about him because what i know about him, this isn't his character at all. what's on the news about him, i really didn't know him to be that kind of guy and this could be a mistake. >> authorities say it is no mistake. he idolized john walker here.
he even wrote to him in prison. coming up in the next half hour, you'll hear how fbi agents stopped another alleged attempt in dallas. another big bank saying it's cutting those annoying and sometimes excessive overdraft fees. good news for some of us, right, jen? >> you know i feel so strongly about this because people really get hit by overdraft fees. one mistake and it costs hundreds of dollars. they're now jumping on the bandwagon saying they're willing to cut some of those overdraft fees. i think the big question is going to be, will that be enough to pacify congress? becoming a huge source of profit for the banks and a source of contention for bank customers. well, the banks are trying to do something to tamp down the outrage. u.s. bank is going to limit the number of overdraft fees to no
more than three a day, they're going to limit to how many they can charge you in a year, and they will nim nature fees if you're overdrawn less than $10. congress getting ready to pass legislation on credit and debit card fees. mortgage rates. some of them are now at record lows. if you are willing to take on a huge payment, that's good news in a bad economy. pay less in interest. mortgage company freddie mac says an average rate of a 30-year fixed rate, 5.04%, but the 15-year, 4.46%. that's the lowest for the 15-year since records were kept. it's going to feel long if you're traveling to washington, right, bob? >> if you're a congressman trying to get to your beach house, it's going to be a little
slow going for you later this afternoon. the rain is out there. here's maryland, you can see pennsylvania right there, mason-dixon line. rains dreirectly overhead. washington, rain over there. so far no delays. but i think you'll catch it this morning and a little bit later on. more delays in boston and new york city. it's a gusty new york wind today. gusting atd 25 miles an hour in boston today, watch for that. showers and thunderstorms in denver, st. louis and cincinnati, look for a 30 minute to one-hour delay there. they say they found steroids in something they shouldn't have. paying $8 a day for lunch can add up fast.
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one of the biggest terrorist plots ever. >> the government alleges that zazi has admitted to attending such a training camp. the reason this is important is not that this guy is just buying household products. if he's got the right training, he can turn these into very effective bombs. >> zazi was charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. they don't know who allegedly helped zazi buy these chemicals. zazi denied being a terrorist. they ripped steel bars off a window to save an elderly woman trapped inside her home. the 93-year-old woman was surrounded in thick smoke. men who happened to be nearby
and smelled the spoke bromoke bo the house and found her up stairs. >> i turned around and came back. i didn't think too much about it. jumped out of my van. >> i was just trying to gain entry into the house to see if there was anybody in there. >> firefighters say an electrical short in the air-conditioning unit started the fire. a company has been accused of selling supplements that contain steroids on the internet. that company has ties to a major league baseball team. rafer weigel has more. good morning, rafer. >> they're reporteding that federal agents raided a warehouse for allegedly selling dietary supplements that contained steroids and designer steroids. this site sold controlled substances that are illegal but you can get them at the click of a mouse. the site is owned by the same
company that owns the atlanta braves, liberty media. they also own a stake in ticketmaster. we have not heard from liberty media about this. it was a picture perfect day of golf in eastlake in atlanta. with $10 million on the line, phil mickelson, tiger woods and a bunch of folks teeing off. tiger finished second after this guy, probably because of advice tiger gave him. ie va-- evander holy field going back to the green, mean machine. he is building an energy farm on his suburban estate, an organic garden that can be used by area kids. kristin armstrong, the
36-year-old won the time trials at the world championship wednesday to go with her gold medal from beijing. the late bloomer took up the sport after she got osteoarthritis from running triathlons, and after friday's road race in switzerland, she says she and her husband are going to retire because they want to start a family. >> thanks so much, rafer. we have an exciting addition to your prime timeline-upstarting next week. here is a quick case of what you'll get. it's her moment of joy commentary. >> you know, unless you're a professional kickboxer or a traveling salesman with a fetish, there is no real reason for an adult to ever engage in spanking. a new study says there are actually parents who are spanking a one-year-old child. now, what could a one-year-old possibly do to deserve being spanked? come home drunk after a date? lose the family fortune playing
the ponies? start a war under pre tension? young children pee, pop, cry and throw food. except my uncle louie. but he drinks. that's the parents' job, to teach them right from wrong. he didn't say spank, therefore i am, he said think, therefore i am. so when your children start crying ask carrying on and screaming and driving you crazy, don't lift your hand to them. lift your mind to think it through. it won't make your children respect you, it will make them fear and resent you. do you want to be a parent or a network executive? i believe spanking is abuse. hopefully that isn't just me. >> the joy behar show premiers
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u.s. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsberg spent the night in the hospital. the 76-year-old became ill in her chambers yesterday afternoon shortly after receiving treatment for iron deficiency. in february, ginsberg had surgery for pancreatic cancer and was back on the bench 18 days later. firefighters in southern california believe they have a wildfire in the mount tansz ain ventura county contained this weekend. a break in the heat and low humidity helped slow the flames yesterday. it has chared about 27 square miles. about 75 homes are still
threatened. kids across the country may be drinking water full of lead and pest sides. school districts across all 50 states violated federal safety standards. in about an hour, president obama will announce that iran has a nuclear fuel facility they've been keeping secret for years. diplomatic sources say eiran recently admitted the existence of the plant but only after tehran learned that western nations had found out about it. iran maintains its nuclear program is just for energy purposes. here's some of the headlines we're following for you this morning on this friday. welcome back. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade. we have learned five u.s. service members were killed yesterday in afghanistan. the military says three were killed by a roadside bomb, another was shot and the other
was killed on patrol. this all happened in the southern part of the country where american and nato forces have stepped up operations against the taliban. our top story today. two alleged terror plots disrupted by the fbi. in one case, a man is accused of trying to blow up a dallas skyscraper. 19-year-old hosan smadi will have his first court appearance. correspondent richard lui joining us now. how did the fbi stop him, richard? >> here's what happened, natasha. undercover agents saw him in a sleeper cell. he drove a bomb into the skyscraper parking garage and tried to detonate it. people who work there just say they're glad this thing wasn't real. >> if anything happens, i'm going down.
>> my stomach hurts. it's scary. you hear about it but you never think it's going to happen to you. >> it appears smadi fixed fountain place tower because it houses wells fargo bank. he said, god willing, the strike will be certain and strong. it will shake the currently weak economy in the state because this bank is one of the largest banks in the city, end quote. >> so richard, what else do we know about this smadi guy? >> digging more, he's originally from jordan and the fbi says he got on the radar by posting violent comments in an extremist chat room. the people who knew him say he seemed like a nice guy. >> he was really good friends with a lot of people and none of us have nothing bad to say about him. this comes as a very surprising shock to us. >> he worked, went home, hung out with his friends and knew he
was from ta family in jordan, ad that's it. >> he entered the country illegally. well, everyone who wants the h1n1 vaccine will be able to get it. that's what health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius announced yesterday. she says at least 6 million doses will be available in the u.s. during the first week of october. then 10 to 20 million doses each week after that. most of the initial doses will be in a nasal spray. here's the stories to watch out for today in your american express planner. at 3:15 p.m. eastern, paul kirk will be sborn in. at 4:40, president obama will hold a news conference in pittsburgh. and at 6:30, a vigil will be held in washington for murder
victims. one of several being held across the country. more storms, more rain on tap today for atlanta. in atlanta, there is a lot of flooding in some spots earlier this week. very severe. bob, what can you tell us right now? >> right now it's dry. but i'm looking at a cold front moving in, so we'll get rain in here. this weather brought to you by fiber one. let me show you the set-up right now for friday into saturday. a low-pressure region, upper levels of the atmosphere. that's really forming a low at the surface, too. rain and clouds wrapping up around that on the north side. then you get to the east. notice the cold front that drops right through memphis. it's humid on the back side, much cooler and dryer. look at the temperatures. these are current readings. it's 75 in jackson, mississippi. the other side of the front, it's only 55 in dallas. it's dryer here. that dry air trying to make a push over to the east. when that happens, you pick up rain in the gulf of mexico and
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hey, a warning here. look out for flood-damaged used cars. the warning comes in the aftermath of this week's severe flooding in georgia. money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. jen? >> after hurricane katrina we had a lot of stories about this, people selling cars that were stuck in floods. don't kid yourself. you know, that's like -- people think, oh, it's a liable omission, it's not a big deal. it can really mess up the insides of a car, wiring, corroded metal. any used car you might be looking at, go over it with a fine-tooth comb. look for mud or vehicle damage. the better business bureau says, look, if the car comes from a state that just had heavy floods, you shouldn't even risk it. i know that's bad news for honest people trying to sell used cars, too, but the bureau
says it's just too much of a risk. i think if there were cars in there, right, they would be totally under water. honda is showing off a whole new way of getting around, kind of like the segue, but i think this is really weird looking. you're supposed to sit on it. you can't really tell from the picture, but you sit on it like a unicycle. there you go. and if you just lean, it takes you in the direction you're going in. >> do they have extra-wide seating, you know, for -- >> i think you have to sit up really straight, too. anyway, i'm thinking this is a good opportunity for people to send in comments to our facebook page. i think you can exercise your o comedic skills here. >> thanks, jen. parents, it turns out they play a significant role on putting the brakes on bad teen
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the woman charged with the death of an eight-year-old california girl may learn her trial date today. melissa huckaby is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing sandra cantu in april. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her. cantu was last seen in this video walking away from her home. she was later found dead in a suitcase. hmo is going high tech in a middle school. students and parents try to have an interactive lesson on staying
safe. it explains everything from the history of the violence to trus it spreads. >> i learned there's different ways of getting the flu, like if you stand too close to them. >> it's a good way for parents and children to learn together. it's helping parents to stay abreast and on top of what their children are doing. >> a program is on line for everyone in the school district to view. a woman in indonesia has given birth to a baby boy that most folks would have trouble picking up, seriously. here's what this 19-pound bundle of joy looks like near a normal-sized baby. it almost looks like a photo shop. that's a hunk of joy. the giant baby was delivered by caesarean section. >> did that need to be said? >> it did for me. i'm pregnant. that freaks me out. this big boy didn't set the
record, though. it's currently being held by a 23-pounder. >> you know he's going to kindergarten monday? is breast feeding going to be difficult? >> okay. anyway, tiger woods. he gave a guy a few pointers and then that guy goes out and has a better day than tiger on the course? what? is he regretting this? that's what i want to know. >> a little bit. tiger says he always believes in helping out a friend, even with $10 million on the line. so he and sean o'haro'hare, tho garz a guys are practicing for the third round. watch tiger's pointers in action. here it is, a 55-yard birdie pu putt. this is o'hare, who is your leader, one stroke behind tiger.
here's what he says about it. >> i thought i could offer a little help and insight of how he could change that, and now i'll go chew him out. >> still early, still three rounds left. phil mickelson, he's had an up and down year, but the poor guy looked like me on the fourth hole. chipping it out of the sand and this one goes right back where he started. it's a par 4. he shot an 8 on this hole. they call that a snowman. he is tied at 26 out of 30 golfers. you had mark sanford, joe wilson, and now they're celebrating in columbia after the gamecocks beat ole miss 16-10. 1981 was the first time they beat a top-ranked team and jesse's girl was a top hit. this is sports illustrated
new wow pop-up book for kids. here you go. you got danny wade jumping the great wall of china. you got david tyree's helmet catch right there complete with the play right there. and then my favorite, kelly slater surfing. >> i wonder what the age range is. you'll have to tell us later. >> i'm thrilled and i'm 40. now a look at the air travel. pretty cool look there, huh? >> that thing rocks. so far so good. if you're traveling out there today, no delays early because of weather, but we'll get some. chicago metro probably an hour or more today because of rain and storms heading in. new york city metro, gusty winds, watch for half hour delay. atlanta, storms in the forecast. most likely 30 minutes to an hour. san francisco, 30-minute delays starting soon. more on that in a little bit. in this tough economy.
we know we could all use our own money coach for sure. hln money expert clark howard is here to do just that. take a look at jenny's story and hear what advice clark has for her. >> hi. my way through college and i need a money coach. well, i work full-time here at cabela's and i support myself. i just basically live day to day. i have a very small savings account that i do want to keep up and i don't want to lose. my big oest concern would be my retirement. i want to make sure i'm able to retire at a decent age and enjoy my life when i get older. my personal goals are to graduate from college with my botch bachelor's degree in business administration and just to live a very nice, successful life. my mother, brothers and i will be receiving a bit of money, about $10,000. i would like to invest the money and get a little bit of return. what is the best advice you have for this? >> well, ginny, i've got the
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good morning. i'm natasha you cannery in for robin immediate on this friday. hope you're doing well so far. an american accused of planning to blow up a federal building is now under arrest. that as security agents break a completely separate plot to use weapons of mass destruction in the u.s. president obama's ready to publicly call iran out. he says that tehran has been hiding nuclear secrets for yearyear s and iran says he's right. a california man is accused of taking stalking to new heights. stunt that got his arrested and what neighbors say about his airborne tirade.
today's top story, two alleged terror plots targeting two u.s. cities and federal agents say that both suspects in the case were ready to pull the trigger. the arrests were in illinois and texas. counterterrorism authorities say the plots were unyou related and neither case is connected with a third alleged plot based in colorado that we've been talking about all week. first, though, in springfield, illinois, michael finten is charged with trying to detonate a truck bomb outside a federal building. the justice department says finten actually tried to blow it up with a remote control. he was arrested as he pushed the button. and in dallas, the fbi says a 19-year-old jordanian man was arrested as he tried to set off a homemade bomb at an office tower. the plots are considered home-grown. >> there's a cuouple of things that have drawn these plots out
at once. it is in the vicinity of the anniversary of september 11th, also at the same time ramadan was just over so there are a variety of reasons that it's heightened the fervor of the people that would like to do these things. i think the reassuring thing is the fact that the terrorist task forces across the country are on top of these cases. >> fbi agents used similar tactics to stop both attacks. richard lui joining us. richard, how do they do it? >> you know, undercover agents were key to both of these separate operations you were describing for us. they were convinced these men were al qaeda operatives. we'll explain in ten minutes where the sting praigs went from there and some details. >> it's interesting and creepy to think about. u.s. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsberg spent the night in the hospital. the 76-year-old became ill in her chambers yesterday afternoon shortly after receiving treatment for iron deficiency. in february, ginsberg had surgery for pan kree attic
cancer and was back on the bench 18 days later. in about 30 minutes, president obama will talk about iran's admission that it has a second nuclear fuel facility. now, the president is in pittsburgh right now for the g-20 summit. diplomatic sources say iran recently admitted the existence of the plant in a letter to the international atomic energy agency. but only after tehran learned that the western nations had found out about it. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. talked about the nuclear issue. >> iran faces a very clear choice. the let's hope it comes to the table with concrete and serious steps that will demonstrate its determination to prove that it is not and will not pursue a nuclear weapons program. >> iran maintains that its nuclear program is just for energy purposes. we're going to listen when president obama makes his comments coming up. if you have children's and infant's tylenol at hole, listen
up. some of the medicine is being recalled because of possible bacterial contamination. our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. general, is this a danger to kids? >> first, i'll give you tylenol's message. they're saying that, look, the risk is very remote, that any kids could be hurt by this by taking the medicine. they want to be absolutely sure. basically because when they were making this some other products that weren't used in it but made at the same time had the bacteria. so they want to say, let's make absolute sure, they're recalling nearly two dozen tylenol liquids after they found this bacteria. what you can do to make sure everything in your medicine cabinet is totally safe, check the recalled numbers, we've got them on our website, click on important websites. what you do is check it against the bottom of the box or if you threw out the box, look on the sticker on the bottle. sometimes you may have to peel off the top sticker to look at the one underneath. that's how you can slightly
sure. >> thank you so much. we have learned that five u.s. service members were killed yesterday in afghanistan. the military says that three were killed by a roadside bomb. another was shot. and the other was killed on patrol. this all happened in the southern part of the country where american forces and nato forces have stepped up operations against the taliban. the woman who was kidnapped when she was 11 and kept for 1818 years says she will testify against her alleged kidnappers if there's a trial. extrasee dugard's attorney spoke yesterday about her time in captivity. >> she's had children in that environment so it's really what she has known, really in essence, for her life. so that's one competing emotion. on the other side, there's no question that she knows that terrible and wrong things were done to her. >> police say that jaycee dugard was held in the backyard of phillip garrido where he
fathered two daughters with her. garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to the crimes. so how's our friday forecast looking for a lot of you that means some storms on the way. let's check in with bob van dillen for a look at the forecast. >> we're looking right now at the weather pattern. i don't care for it. the same thing we had over last weeke weekend. this time not quite as potent, good news for the deep southeast. you're going to get a lot of rain but not for more than a couple of days. last time it was there five or similar. 20 inches of rain outside of atlanta. right now we're drive. memphis, showers coming in right up the mississippi river, going to continue to pull in towards the great lakes. then there's a cold front that dropped down right across philly last night, pushing the rain down through washington, d.c., right now. a lot of heavy rain around d.c. in towards baltimore. notice the path going to the east-southeast pretty quickly. it's a morning event around washington.
by this afternoon, just basically cloudy skies with peeks of sunshine being a little cooler, too. rain around the mississippi valley, you can see memphis getting showers. then it gets to the southeast over the next 48 hours. we're going to see a lot of rain pile up, especially starting tonight through tomorrow morning. here's the way it looks. greens and yellows coming in, especially across the northern part of the georgia mountains, alabama and tennessee, that yellow and red shaded areas, about four to six inches of rain. that's how much we'll see over the weekend. the flooded-out areas we're unfortunately going to see more rain, just not as much as last weekend. good news. how about a bright spot? let me take you to new york city. just a couple of hours ago we rolled in the sunrise. get a load of this. ♪ the beautiful morning >> oh, so pretty. >> isn't that nice? the sun rays coming up on the bottom part of the clouds illuminating them. sun goes up a little higher, just absolutely gorgeous. that's our time lapse from this morning. there's the sun peeking out. new york city today, 72. tomorrow 65.
a taste of fall, more details in a bit. >> thank you, bob. brand new this morning, we have exclusive video of a terror suspect buying chemicals used to make bombs. so who is he and what investigators say he was up to. and we've got good news in a bad economy. this one is for anybody who's trying to buy or sell a house. # so i'm packing my own lunch now-- for less than $3. thanks to walmart. just two times a week saves my family over $500 a year. . save money. live better. walmart.
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29-year-old man is accused of trying to blow up a federal building and courthouse. more details on that case. michael finten is charged with attempted murder of federal employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. correspondent richard lui joining us. richard, how long has he been on the fbi's radar? >> agents have been tracking him for two years, but this sting operation started in february specifically. according to the fbi affidavit that we'll take a look at, an undercover agent posed as a low-level al qaeda operative, then he gave finten a van supposedly with one ton of explosives inside of it. the bombs were fake, though. finton did not know that. he was arrested wednesday after he parked that van outside the federal courthouse in springfield and tried to p@ detonate it with a cell phone. of course, it was all fake. >> wow. so why would he want to do this, richard? is the fbi talking about a possible motive? >> well, going back to that federal affidavit saying that finton is an ex-con who converted to islam in prison, he
called himself a different name and talked about going abroad to train as a jihadist. but people who worked with him at a restaurant say they never saw that side of him. >> i'm very shocked to hear this because from what i know about him this isn't in his character at all. this element of what's on the news about him, this is -- i don't really -- didn't know him to be that kind of guy. this could be a mistake. >> authorities say it is no mistake. they say finton he told agents he idolized a u.s. citizen kaptca captured for fighting with the taliban and wrote to him in prison. coming up, you'll hear how fbi agtds disrupted another alleged plot in dallas. >> it's az we didn't know all this time. >> mro plots. another big bank says it's cutting those annoying and some say excessive overdraft fees. our money expert jennifer westhoven joins us. jen, this one could save people
a lot of money. >> overdraft fees are one of those places where you could make a mei take and have to pay hundred dollars. now u.s. bank following the lead of some of the biggest banks after they took the move and cut overdraft fees. the big question is, for them, is it going to be enough? because you probably know congress has been looking at regulating these fees because so many people have been getting soaked by them. but banks, they only want to give an inch. they want to make sure they can keep most of the fees because they're a gold mine for banks. at u.s. bank under the new rules you'd only be hit up to three times a day. also, they can only hit you so many times a year. they will have a limit. and they also said they will not hit you if you only go over your limit by $10. so they won't ding you if you make a little math error, for example. now, this is all happening again as congress gets set to pass new regulations on credit and debit card fees. however strong they might be the
banks clearly trying to get ahead of that. some mortgage rates are now at record lows. that is good news in a bad economy. it certainly helps lending, although you're going to have to be able to pay a pretty steep monthly payment. according to freddie mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed is about the same, a little bit more than 5%. good looking rate. but look at the 15-year. that is the lowest since records were kept in 1991 since they started keeping them just under 4.5%. back to you. >> nice number there. >> that's the average. so imagine if you have a great credit score, you could maybe get that under 4.25%. >> jen, thank you. kids across the country may be drinking water full of arsenic and lead. a new report that may have you packing bottled water as you send your kids off to school today. ♪
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to water, this kind of water being for the last ten years. many schools aren't fixing old pipes because providing bottled water is cheaper. the epa says the number of safety violations has spiked in the last decade because of stricter standards. a u.s. diplomat in russia may be the target of a smear campaign. videotape on a russian website purports to show brendan kyle hatcher having sex with a russian profit attitude. the state department says it was a setup and the tape is doctored to discredit hatcher. the tape has been carefully edited and it's impossible to determine whether it's him. >> this kind of campaign is disgusting and deplorable. there clearly are still people who have this cold war mentality and don't want our relationship to improve. but i think that these kind of people are in a very, very distinct and very small
minority. >> hatcher has denied any encounter with a prostitute. the state department says he was approached by russians who tried to blackmail him being but he did everything properly by reporting the incident to his supervisors. russian's foreign ministry had no comment. new this morning, charles manson follower susan atkins has died. she admitted to killing actress sharon tate 40 years ago. atkins had been suffering from brain cancer in jail and had recently been transferred to prison hospice care. earlier this month, atkins was denied parole for her role in the brutal manson murders. three strangers ripped steel bars off a window to save an elderly woman trapped inside her burning home. the 93-year-old woman was surrounded in thick smoke. men who happened to be nearby and smelled the smoke broke into the house and found her upstairs here. >> i turned around, came back. i didn't think too much about
it. jumped out of my van. >> i was just trying to gain entry into the house to see if there was anybody in there. >> firefighters say that an electrical short in the air conditioning unit started the fire. even though fewer people are flying, u.s. airlines is still making big bucks. "usa today" reports u.s. you airlines collected $3.8 billion from extra fees in the first six months of this year. this include fees for checking bags, canceling or rebooking flights, carrying pets, and assigning seats. the airline says the fees helped yop offset the worst downturn in travel sin the september 11th attacks. a company has been accused of selling supplements that contain steroids on the internet and that company has ties to a major league baseball team. here's rafer with the latest on this one. >> good morning, natasha. the "new york times" is reporting that federal agents
raided a warehouse for body building.com for allegedly selling dietary supplements that contain steroids and designer steroids. the raid was part of an investigation by the fda. according to court papers, this site sold controlled substances that are illegal and the crazy part about it is the site is owned by the same company that owns the atlanta braves. liberty media bought the team in '07 and own a stake in directv and -- here is breaking news. nasa here launching for a third time is the charm the launch of the delta ii rocket. you're seeing the live pictures here. bad weather scrubbed wednesday he's launch. officials called off yesterday's attempt because of technical troubles. two satellites designed to detect and track ballistic missiles are on top of this rocket. you can see it looking like it's launching successfully into the sky there. rafer, back to you. thanks. >> it's hard to take my eyes off of that. that is very, very cool.
>> isn't it? >> well bei, as we look at thatt me tell you a couple of more thengs. it was a picture-perfect day of golf in eastlake in atlanta. $10 millione eed on the line, tr finished second behind this guy, shane o'hair. he is ahead because of advice tiger gave him probably. we'll explain later. it's time for our true champion, this week american cyclist kristen armstrong, the 36-year-old won the time trial in switzerland on wednesday. here she is after winning gold in beijing. but she took the sport up late after getting os yoe arthritis from running triathlons. she is going to retire because she wants to start a family. no relation to the other armstrong. >> thanks, rafer. what are you doing next tuesday night? we have an exciting addition to our prime-time lineup coming
your way. "the joy behar show" will air every night at 9:00 eastern right here on hln. it kicks off tuesday, september 29th so tune in. actor randy quaid and his wife were locked up yesterday and the local paper said when st the cops showed up she put up a gecko vo: businessmen say "hard work equals success." well, you're looking at, arguably, the world's most successful businessgecko. gecko vo: first rule of "hard work equals success." gecko vo: that's why geico is consistently rated excellent or better in terms of financial strength. gecko vo: second rule: "don't steal a coworker's egg salad, 'specially if it's marked "the gecko." come on people.
atomic energy agency but only after tehran learned that western naigs had found out about it. iran maintains that its nuclear program is just for energy purposes. everyone who wants the h1n1 vaccine will be able to get it. that's what health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius announced yesterday. she says at least 6 million doses will be available in the u.s. during the first week of
october. then 10 million to 20 million doses each week after that. fighters in southern california believe they'll have a wildfire contained this weekend. low humidity and a break in the heat helped slow the flames yesterday. this fire started tuesday and has charge charred about 27 square miles. about 75 homes are still threatened. close are the headlines. welcome back. it's friday. we made it. i'm na taush ysha turn shakurry the vice president will see flooding in atlanta as people return home to a cleanup project. eight days of record rain led to nine deaths in the state. president obama has pledged federal relief money for several counties. if you want to help flood victims being check out cnn.com/robin, click the impact button for details on where donations are needed.
our top story today, two alleged terror plots disrupted by the fbi. in one case, a man is accused of trying to blow up a dallas skyscraper. the 19-year-old will have his first court appearance today. richard lui has been following this closely. how did the fbi stop him? undercover agents contacted him months posing as an al qaeda sleeper cell. they gave him a fake bomb and then they say he drove it into the skyscraper's parking garage and tried to detonate it with a cell phone. people who work there are plain glad this thing was not real. >> it's very alarming, yeah. oh, yeah. that's my -- i wok on the 21st floor. if anything happens, then i'm gone. yeah, it is alarming. >> my stomach flipped. it turned. is it's scary. it's like you hear about it but never think it will happen to you. >> it appears that he picked fountain place tower because it
houses wells fargo bank, a federal affidavit quoted him saying, god willing, the strike will be certain and strong. it will shake the currently weak economy in the state and the american nation, because this bank is one of the largest banks in the city." >> richard, that's pretty shocking. what else do we know about this man? >> he's originally from jordan. the fbi says he got on their radar by posting violent comments on a chat room. people who knew him say he seemed like a nice guy. >> he was really good friends with a lot of people, and none of us had nothing bad to say about him. this comes as a very surprising shock to us. >> he worked, went home, hung out with just friends and knew he would call his family in jordan. that's about it. >> this is a video of his neighborhood in italy, texas. you may notice the dome-shaped houses typical of that area. authorities saying that he entered the country illegally
and, again, this is just 1 of two separate plots we're learning about today. >> richard, thank you so much. what a shocking report there. a new autopsy report says that an illinois family killed in their own home was beaten to death. a couple and three of their children were found dead monday. the only survivor was a 3-year-old girl. she was also beaten and is now in the hospital. no one has been arrested. police are getting flooded with tips. a local reporter discussed the case on hln "prime news." >> police have now formed a task force and is going to investigate. they've already had over 100 calls on their tip line and they didn't really give out much more at the press conference. obviously the blunt force trauma came out of that. we now know that the littlist girl being the survivor, is in critical condition at the hospital. and obviously we reported earlier today that the police are looking for cylinder object or sharp-edged object.
>> get the latest on "prime news" tonight with mike galanos, 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. we are already seeing big crowds getting in line in l.a. to buy tickets for the michael jackson movie. the tickets don't go on sale until sunday. the documentary "this is it" begins a two-week run at theaters around the country on october 28th. some hard-core fans are hoping to get tickets to a grand opening airing the day before on october 27th. turns out parents play a significant role in putting the brakes on bad teen drivers. that's according to two new studies in u.s. y"usa today." teens with parents actively involved in setting rules and boundaries cut their risk of drinking and driving by 70%. researchers also say teens are less likely to get into a crash if they don't own their own car. let's get to bob van dillen for a look at the forecast.
>> good morning. getaway friday, a little stormy in some areas, rain shields and other, rain around iowa, into minnesota. here's what it looks like, cold front from memphis into the gulf, stretching to the east. the rain found around there today, by this weekend, it moves into the lower part of the southeast. that's not a good thing. let me show you the flash flood watches and warnings for the same areas that got flooded out just this past weekend. namely, north georgia, most of tennessee, good chunk of northern alabama. the dark green area, flash flood watches. four or five die days, five inches of rain around the smoky mountains. the heavy rain is back, and that's not good. the same area that got slammed just a couple of days ago. what about the temperatures? you can see the cold front was out there being but look at the temperatures ahead of the frontal boundary. 75 in mobile, 73 in atlanta. back side of that?
it's cooler, drier. check out dallas, 55 degrees, 56 now. 65 degrees in little rock. and that warm, humid air is moving along that front, will get a lot of rain going. more showers arcing back toward the middle part of the plains, also around iowa, in towards lower minnesota, too. rain around the beltway in towards richmond, charlottesville, most of it sliding off the coast. a morning event, it it gets away from you later this afternoon. here is your rain around western tennessee now starting to pick up you in northern mississippi. rain also moving out of arkansas. again being weelg see as much as three to five inches of rain around the smokies. a little less around the atlanta metro area, obviously great news. look at the computer models putting in about one to two, maybe 3 inches of rain over the next couple of daze. be watching this with earnest, a close eye. wet don't want to see any more rain than we need, and we don't need any around atlanta. more in a bit. >> we certainly don't. thanks, bob. you have seen the segue being bob's seen the segue. but have you seen this? what the heck is this?
signature of smn somebody who's trained in an al qaeda training camp on the afghan/pakistan border. the government alleges that zazi has admitteded to attending such a training camp. the reason this is important is not this guy is buying household products. if he's got the right training he can turn these into very effective bombs. >> zazi has been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. prosecutors say they still haven't figured out where or when he wanted to stage his attacks. and they don't it know who the three other men are who allegedly helped zazi buy those condemn chemicals. the zazi denies being a terrorist. a california man is accused of stalking his girlfriend by airplane. police say several people called to complain about a low flying plane over the past few weeks. once the plane dropped leaflets referencing a person and included racial slurs. wednesday night the plane was over the neighborhood so neighbors called police.
>> psycho boyfriend is about it. >> it's a little loud, but it just sounded like a small engine on an airplane that was buzzing the neighborhood a little bit. >> the pilot was arrested on suspicion of stalking and violating a restraining order. look out for flood-damaged used cars. the warning comes in the aftermath of this week's flooding in georgia. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> the floods were in georgia, but these cars can end up anywhere across the country so you might think, oh, the flooding didn't affect me, but you've got to be on your guard. a lot of story like this came after hurricane katrina. we want to make sure it doesn't happen this time. people end up with these cars and they just sell them and they never tell you the truth, that the car was in a flood. that can really ruin the inside of the car, brutal wires, corroded metal. these cars, too, can end up you anywhere so go over any used car you might want with a fine-tooth
comb for any signs of mud or rust or water damage. this is a time when it is worth it for you to get a vehicle history report like carfax. sometimes they're free, but it's worth it if you've got to buy it. the better business bureau says if you find out through a check that this was in a state that just had floods, they say don't even risk it. i know that that is bad news for honest people who are trying to sell a car, but the bureau says it is just too much of a risk. just some of the reminders in those pictures that you see from the severe flooding that we had in georgia. >> a whole new way of getting around, this is what honda is showing off. what do you think about this? natasha was saying, i can't sit on that thing. they're calling it the u-3x. kind of like a uniony cycle but it didn't roll and you don't have to balance. you just lean where you want to go. >> and that handle, that doubles as a seat? >> i think -- >> ow! >> so you sit on that part.
>> the profile shot from behind, how is that going to work? >> i think the handle part pops in so you don't have to sit on that. >> does it pop out a whole lot for some of us? that's what i want to know. what's the weight capacity? interesting. >> back to you. hold on a second. good news if you're trying to sell or buy a house. it is the mortgage rates, lower mortgage rates, they may be sticking around for a while. we'll talk more about that in 20 minutes. we're jumping in with breaking news. president obama is speaking right now about iran now admitting to having a second nuclear fuel facility. let's listen in. >> and iaea requirements. we expect the iaea to immediately investigate this disturbing information and to report to the iaea board of governors. now, iran's decision to build yet another nuclear facility
without notifying the iaea represents a direct challenge to the basic compact at the center of the nonproliferation regime. these rules are clear. all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy. those nations with nuclear weapons must move toward disarm. those naigs without nuclear weapons must forsake them. that compact has largely held for decades, keeping the world far safer and more secure. that compact depends on all nations living up to their responsibilities. this site deepens a growing concern that iran is refusing to live up to those international responsibilities, including specifically revealing all nuclear-related activities. as the international community knows, this is not the first time that iran has concealed information about its nuclear program. iran has a right to paeeaceful
nuclear power that meets the energy needs of its people. but the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program. iran is breaking rules that all naig nations must follow, denying its own people access to the opportunity they deserve, and threatening the stability and security of the region and the world. it is time for iran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community by fulfilling its international obl gaigatiooblig. we remain committed to adreing the nuclear issue through the p-5 plus 1 negotiations. we are committed to demonstrating that international is not an empty promise, that obl ga obligations must be kept and the
treaties will be enforced. that's why there's a sense of urgency about the upcoming meeting october 1st between iran, the permanent members of the u.n. security council, and germ germany. at that meeting, iran must be prepared to cooperate fully and comprehensively with the iaea to take steps to create confidence and transparency in its nuclear program and to demonstrate that it is committed to establishing its peaceful intentions through meaningful dialogue and concrete actions. to put it simply, iran must comply with u.n. security council resolutions and make clear it is willing to meet its responsibilities as a member of the community of nations. >> president obama here just commenting, saying iran isn't living up to its responsibility to divulge information about its nuclear program and saying it's breaking rules that should be followed by everyone in the world and he expects for the iaea to inspect these claims and
report that info back to its board. but iran now admitting it has a second nuclear facility and the president reacting. we'll be right back with more. - hello! - ha! why don't you try a home cooked meal... with yummy hamburger helper? oh! tada! fantastically tasty, huh? ummm, it's good. what would you guys like? hamburger helper. what?! one pound... one pan... one tasty meal!
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good morning. i'm natasha curry in today for robin meade. so glad you could join us this morning. here are the stories making headlines on morning express. an american accused of planning to blow up a federal building now under arrest. that as security agents break a completely separate plot to use weapons of mass destruction in the u.s. and moments ago, president obama called on iran to prove its nuclear program is for energy only. what leaders in iran are now admitting about a secret nuclear plant. kids across the country may be drinking water full of arsenic and lead. a new report that may have you
packing bottled water as your kid heads off to school. first, today's top story. two u.s. cities targeted in two alleged terror plots. federal agents say the suspects in both were ready to pull the trigger. arrests were in illinois and texas. counterterrorism authorities say the plots were unrelated and neither is connected with a third alleged plot based in colorado, the one we have been talking about all week. now, first, let's go to this one in springfield, illinois. michael finton known as tall lead islam is charged with trying to detonate a truck bomb outside a federal building in the u.s. he tried to blow it up with a remote control. he was arrested as he pushed the button. and in dallas, the fbi says a 19-year-old jordanian man was arrested as he tried to set off a homemade bomb at an office tower. the plots are considered
home-grown. >> there's a couple of things that have drawn these plots out at once. it is in the vicinity of the anniversary of september 11th. it's also at the same time ramadan was just over so there are a variety of reasons that it's heightened the fervor of the people that would like to do these things. and i think the reassuring thing is the fact that the terrorist task forces across the country are on top of these cases. >> fbi agents prevented both attacks by going undercover n about ten minutes, correspondent richard lui explains how they outsmarted the alleged terrorists. brand new this morning, the third alleged plot, we have exclusive video of terrorist suspect najibullah zazi, right here, buying large amounts of a chemical that can be used to make bombs. employees at a denver beauty supply store say he made several purchases recently. experts say he could have done major damage with those chemicals. and we are going to hear a lot more about what investigators know about this man.
listen up here. if you have children's and infant's tylenol at home, pay close attention here. some of the medicine is being recalled because of possible bacterial contamination. our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you on this one. jen, a lot of people use the stuff for their kidsome that a danger? >> that sounds scary, bacterial contamination but johns johnson & johnson saying the risk of this is remote that anybody would be hurt. they are saying the bacteria came up when they were making a different product. along with the product that didn't end up in the product. but saying, look, we want to be absolutely sure. so they are recalling nearly two dozen tylenol liquids and they are products for children and infants after they found this bacteria. if you want to see the list to make sure that everying in your medicine cabinet is totally safe go to our website, cnn.com/robin. we have all of the numbers and you check the lot numbers against either the bottom of the box or if you check the box, you can look on the sticker on the bottle.
natasha? >> thank you so much, jen, appreciate the info. the woman charged with the death of an 8-year-old california girl may learn her trial date today. melissa huckaby is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing sandra cantu in april. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her. cantu was last seen on this video walking away from her home. she was later found dead in a suitcase. texas police arrested actor randy quaid and his wife for allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill. the hotel has filed a complaint claiming the quaids didn't pay a lofty bill. the couple faces felony charges of burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy. texas authorities say that evie quaid struggled with police during her arrest. bail was set for $20,000 for each of them. let's go to bob van dillen for a look at the forecast. hey, bob, time to vacation? probably not in some spots.
>> no want to go down to the deep southeast, the same story, natasha, heavy rain moving in for the weekend. this time, i think the flooding concerns we have around north georgia, alabama, tennessee, mississippi even, not as widespread, obviously great news, here is the setup, big circulation across the plain states, cold front to the gulf, cold front the rain the deep southeast the next couple of days, moves over towards the atlantic ocean to. the way it goes the mid atlantic, rain toward the beltway area, richmond, too. rain stretching into basically the chesapeake, off the shore of the delmarva peninsula, but beginning to dry out around baltimore, showers in d.c. live to washington, the way it looks, looking at cloudy skies, cloudy for you in d.c. the only tower cam we have that's nice because you can't really see the skies but the white house, yeah, you are getting rain coming in, going to be off and on for the morning, things begin to dre out and cool down for you as well. over toward the upper midwest and the plains, see the rain wrapping down out of iowa into
lower minnesota. minneapolis, you are dry for now. might get clipped by a shower or two later today but then that rain cycles back on in toward south dakota. the rain itself again is near denver and back toward eastern colorado, stretching back in toward kansas. same upper level low. had rain yesterday in that vicinity, you will get it again today. as for the west coast, not much going on until you get down toward southern california, another warm to hot one for you, north of l.a., red flag warnings posted out there more details in a bit. >> great, thank you so much, bob. okay, so minutes ago, president obama called for px global action after iran admitted it has a second nuclear fuel facility. listen. >> the existence of this facility underscores iran's continuing unwillingness to meet its obligations under u.n. security council resolutions and iaea requirements. we expect the iaea to immediately investigate this disturbing information and to report to the iaea board of governors.
>> diplomatic sources say iran recently admitted the existence of the plant in a letter to the international atomic energy agency, the iaea. now, iran has said that is nuclear program is about energy, not weapons, but president obama says this facility isn't the right size for generating power and that iran needs to open it up to international inspectors. meanwhile this the scene outside the g-20 summit yesterday. police fired rubber bullets yesterday. 20 people were arrested a in this whole thing. total strangers ran into a burning house to save an elderly woman what nearly stopped them though from getting to her to rescue her?
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we have live pictures here right now, check out these flames this is a refinery fire in the los angeles area. now, we are hearing that there have not been any evacuations, not hearing of any yet and no injuries so far reported but we are keeping an eye on this for you. right now, this thing looks like it is out of control, possibly -- not sure if you can tell you about looks like there might be firefighters on scene, not sure yet, these pictures from kabc and firefighters are on scene. i was thinking i was seeing a squirt from a hose down there you can see some of the smoke going white which means they are working on that fire to try to put it out and get it under control. but you can see the water right there at the bottom of the screen right there shooting right in the middle of that thing. we will keep you posted what happens with this and if we get a any more information. those are some pictures.
two alleged terror plots thwarted right here in the u.s. in illinois, the fbi says that 29-year-old michael finton tried to blow up a federal building and courthouse in illinois. he is charged with attempted murder of federal employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. richard lui joins us now, how long has this guy been on the radar? >> agents are have been tracking him two years but the sting started in february. according to an affidavit, an fbi agent posed as a low-level al qaeda operative then gave finton a van supposedly filled with one ton of explosives, the bombs were fake, finton did not know that agents arrested him once after agents say he parked the van outside a building in springfield and tried detonate it with a cell phone. >> creepy to hear. why would he want to do this in the fbi talking about that here? >> finton is an ex-con who
converted to islam in prison, called himself talib islam and wanted to go abroad to train as a jihadist. people who worked with him at a restaurant said they never saw that side of him. >> i'm very shocked to hear this about him because from what i know about him, this isn't in his character at all. this element of what's on the news about him, this is -- i don't really -- didn't know him to be that kind of guy and this could be a mistake. >> authorities say it is no mistake. they say finton told agents he idolized john walker lippndh, a wrote to him in prison. in the next hour, you will hear how fbi agents disrupted another alleged plot in dallas. >> richard, thank you so much. drinking water at many schools across the country is tainted with toxic levels of lead and pesticides. the kids in all 50 states have been exposed to this water for
the last ten years. many schools aren't fixing old pipes because providing bottled water is cheaper. the epa says the number of safety violations have spiked in the last decade because of stricter standards. it's new movie friday, and several movies coming out today. how in the world do you pick? new in 30 minutes, mr. movie phone will be right here to point you in the right direction. another bank says it is cutting the annoying and excessive overdraft fees. jennifer westhoven joins us this could save people money, a good thing in this recession. >> some money. >> yeah. >> will it be enough money to thwart congress? that's what it looks like the banks are up to. any case, still it is a little bit of a move that's helpful for you. u.s. bank is now following the lead at some of the nation's biggest banks after they cut
some overdraft fees some, we will be watching that one very closely because when we have had to many stories about the huge overdraft fees, hit with hundreds of dollars in one day, for one mistake, basically. congress has been looking here. so banks want to give up an inch, give up a little to keep the bulk of the fees. you know they want to keep them, overdraft fees with a gold mine. u.s. bank, only hit three times a day, only hit you so many times a year and also won't hit you if it is a little mistake, only go under your balance by $10. again, congress has been looking that the one very closely to pass some new regulations here. some mortgage rates, some, now at record lows. this is good news in a bad economy this could really save you a lot if you can make a big monthly payment. freddie mac says the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage that is about the same but only a little more than 5%, great rate historically speaking. check out the 15-year. it sunder 4 1/2%.
remember, that means if you have a great credit score, could you talk them down lower than that. all right, traveling this morning, maybe your getaway friday, probably okay, bob, saying there is a little bit of trouble in san francisco? >> yeah, we did an informal poll between the two of us, san francisco, we think, is the prettiest city in the country. that's teen me and jen. >> not official. now the official ugly city, bring in your e-mails, see which one it s across the region, traveling out there, a 70-minute delay in san francisco because of that but right now it is clear when you get on in toward atlanta. a little daytime heating, cold front to the west, energy rotating around. thunderstorms this afternoon, get a delay in atlanta. the loaningthiest ones ought to be around the beltway this morning, rain showers right around dulles toward reagan national as well. chicago, we are going to see an hour-long delay for you, too. that will be because of the rain, more delays when you get dunn to the south. more details to on that in a bit. federal authorities raided a warehouse and they say they found steroids in something they shouldn't have.
san diego fire officials say the woman was surrounded by thick smoke. can you imagine? the men broke into her house and found her upstairs. >> turned around, came back. didn't think too much about it jumped out of my van. >> i tried to gain entry to the house to see if there was anybody be in there. >> firefighters say an electrical short in the air conditioning unit started the fire. we have an exciting addition to our prime time lineup coming your way next week, we want you to know about this. "the joy bay har show" is going to air every night at 9 p.m. eastern here on hln. here is a quick taste what you will get. it is her "moment of joy" commentary. >> you know, units you're a professional kick boxer or a traveling salesman with a fetish there is no real reason for an adult to ever engage in spanking a new study says there are
actually parents spanking a 1-year-old child. now what could a 1-year-old possibly do to deserve being spanked? come home drunk after a date? lose the family fortune playing the ponies in start a war under false pretenses? in my opinion, there's nothing a child can do that warrants parents spanking them. young children pee, pop, cry and throw food. okay. so does my uncle louie at the olive garden, but that's another story, 'cause he drinks. but that's what children do that's their job and it's the parents' job to raise them, teach them right from wrong and communicate in a manner that doesn't involve bruising physically or psychological. the philosophy rene descarte, i dated him, didn't say "aspank, therefore i am," he said "i think, therefore i am." when kid russ screaming and driving you crazy, don't lift your hand to them, lift your mind, think it through. spanking your children won't make them love or respect you it
will make them fear and resent you. do you want to be a parent or a network executive? i believe that spanking is abuse. hopefully that's not just me. >> the "joy bay har show" premiers next tuesday at 9 p.m. eastern but check it out now, cnn.com/joy. a company has been accused of selling supplements that contain steroids. it's also on the internet and that company has ties to a major league baseball team? okay. what's going on with this, rafer weigle with the info. >> not saying that this company is necessarily providing steroids with this baseball team but there appears to be a tie-n the new york times is reporting that federal agents raided a warehouse for body building.com for allegedly selling dietary supplements that contain both steroids and designer steroids. now the raid was part of an investigation by the fda. according to court papers this site sold controlled substances that are illegal but the site is owned by the same company that ounce the atlanta braves,
liberty media bought the team in 2007. they also own a stake in directv and ticketmaster. we have not heard yet from them about this story. and skiing bad boy bode miller is doing a 180 and rejoining the u.s. ski team in hopes to qualify for the 2010 olympics in vancouver after the two-time champion had been racial independently after clashing with the u.s. team. more shocking, miller seemed to express remorse for his behavior, in the past unapologetic about competing. he was a jerk. this week it is american cyclist, kristen armstrong, the 36-year-old won the time trial at the world championships in switzerland on wednesday. this is her after winning gold in beijing. they took up the sport late after getting osteoarthritis from running triathalons. on saturday, she says she will retire because she and her husband want to start a family that is a look at sports. >> wish them the best at that.
>> no releg to the other armstrong. >> good to know, both cycling. thanks, rafer. it took undercover cops about two months to bust some coffee shop workers for what they call prostitution. the lewd acts detectives say they repeatedly witnessed at this particular coffee stand. you've worked all your life.
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the new york stock exchange just opened for business. panama's president is ringing px the bell right now and stocks are looking to openúx lower tod. we will have a live report on that in just a few minutes. less than an hour ago, president obama called for iran to open up a second nuclear fuel facility to international inspectors. iran just recently admitted to having this plant. diplomatic sources say the facility isn't the right size to make fuel for power but that it could produce bomb materials. iran maintains that its nuclear program is only for energy
purposes. firefighters in southern california believe that they will have a wildfire in the mountains of ventura county contained this weekend. low humidity and a break in the heat helped slow the flames yesterday. the fire started on tuesday and has charred about 27 square miles. about 75 homes are still threatened right now. u.s. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg spent the night in the hospital. the 76-year-old became ill in her chambers yesterday afternoon shortly after receiving treatment for iron deficiency. in february, ginsburg had surgery for pancreatic cancer. and it was back on to the bench 18 days later. those are your top stories this morning, welcome back, i'm natasha curry in for robin meade on this friday, hope you are doing well. we got a big top story this morning two alleged terror plots disrupted by the fbi. one case is in dallas. he will be in court today. hosam smadi was contacted months
ago, with fbi agents posing as al qaeda members. he drove a fake bomb a parking garage and tried to detonate it with a cell phone. people who work there are shocked. >> it is very alarming, yeah, my safety, i work on the 21st floor. this is alarming. >> my stomach flipped, it turned. you hear about it but never think it will happen to you. >> aspears smadi picked fountain place tower because it houses wells fargo bank. we will tell you how another alleged plot got foiled in illinois, coming up in the next half hour. we have learned that five u.s. service members were killed yesterday in afghanistan. the military says three were killed by a roadside bomb. another was shot and the other was killed on patrol. this all happened in the southern part of the country where american and nato forces
have stepped up operations against the taliban. the woman who police say was kidnapped when she was 11 years old and kept for 18 years says that she will it testify against her alleged kidnappers if there's a trial. jaycee dugard's attorney spoke yesterday about her time in captivity. >> she's had children in that environment. so, it's really -- it's what she has known, really in essence, for her life. so, that's -- that's one competing emotion. on the other side, there's no question that she knows that terrible and wrong things were done to her. >> police say dugard was held in the backyard of philip garrido who fathered two daughters with her. garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to the crimes. we are still watching right now as firefighters battle a fire here at a refinery along the pacific coast highway in wilmington, los angeles. look at these flames though.
officials say there are no immediate reports of injuries or evacuations. we are staying on top of this story for you, so, keep it here. l let's check out meteorologist bob van dillen. hopefully the weather's not too awful, at least in california. elsewhere. it is going to be dry out there again no doubt about it, show you that in a couple of seconds. show what you is happening with the big picture. big area of low pressure, same storm across the plain states, clouds wrapping around that cold front to the south, rain coming in off the gulf of mexico and throwing a nice cloud shield as far to the north as new york city. that made for a beautiful sunrise this morning and we rolled on it. let me show you. ♪ a beautiful morning >> unbelievable. just fire engine red clouds there this morning as the sun came up over the east side of manhattan. this is our shot from columbus circle, which is on the lower left side of central park. look at that. there is your sunshine. 72 today in new york, mid 60s as that cold front sets to your south and winds off the ocean today.
here is what it looks like across the west coast if you are travel out here, high pressure once again and that means hot conditions when you get toward l.a. . red flag warnings still posted, mainly north of los angeles today. temperatures today in the low to mid 90s, not as hot as yesterday, low relative humidities as well, so, going to be warm here, going to be warm up by san francisco, too, up the north farther, the way it looks in san francisco, foggy start though, the way it looks a couple of minutes ago, off 70-minute delay at sfo right now, going to last to about noontime your time but going to be 86 tomorrow in san francisco. if you are head there had over the weekend it will be warm. more on that in a bit. >> i love the sea lions. >> a beautiful time. just looking great. >> gorgeous. thank you so much. >> yep. so, investors on wall street were hope to snap a two-session losing streak, but a disappointing report on sales of big ticket items like washing machines and airplane engines came along and spoiled the
party. susan lesself vich is watching the numbers stock exchange. >> nobody said that recovery was going to be a smooth road and people rushing out and buying airplane. orders for durable goods fell 2 1/2% last month. the auto sector got a boost from cash for clunker bus not enough to overshadow weakness in other areas. the housing sector is still weak. kb home lost $66 million last quarter as sales tumbled by double digits but they managed inventories and guess what building smaller homes. the mcmahons nsion is under pre. a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. investors wore result effects of the recession and competition
from apple, palm and others may finally be catching up to rim. rim shares are down nearly 15%. certainly been a social networking phenomenon over the last year or so and now a group of investors says twitter is worth more than a tweet, it is actually worth $1 billion, according to them. the group, which includes mutual fund giant t rowe price and private equity firm inside venture partners is near a deal to invest nearly $100 million in twitter, which would buy the company time to figure out its business model or how to make money. we know it's really popular, but how will it make money, natasha? that's the question. >> exactly. good point there susan less sovich live at the stock exchange.isovicz live at the stock exchange. a man is accused of taking stalking to new heights. the stunt that got him tossed in jail and what neighbors say wo
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40 minutes past the hour. we told you earlier about new video of denver terrorist suspect najibullah zazi. you can see him at a beauty supply store here buying large quantities of a chemical used to make explosives. national correspondent susan candiotti interviewed the ceo of that store on our sister network, cnn. >> at the time, did he say anything to your employees about why he was buying this? >> there was some small talk and specific to the product, i believe one of the employees actually asked what are you using all this stuff for and he jokingly said, oh, i have a lot of girlfriends.
>> now, zazi has been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. prosecutors say they still haven't figured out where or when he wanted to stage his attacks and they don't know who the three other men are who allegedly helped zazi buy those chemicals. zazi denies being a terrorist. a california man is accused of stalking his girl pend by using an airplane. police say that several people called to complain about a low-flying plane over the past few weeks. once the plane dropped leaflets referencing a person and containing racial slurs. wednesday night the plane was over a neighborhood, so neighbors called police. >> it's a little loud. it just sounded like a small engine on an airplane that was buzzing the neighborhood a little bit. >> the pilot, tom huey, was arrested on suspicion of stalking and violating a restraining order.
in the last hour, president obama demanded that iran clean up its act. richard lui is joining us. what is this about? >> good morning, natasha. this is a developing story we are going to work for you on the next 15 minutes, iran admitting it has a second nuclear facility after world leaders accused the country of trying to hide it we will dig in that. plus, you can get a flu shot and a free lunch at a strip club. hmm? yep. and people in florida in a community there find out they are living near an apartment building full of sex offenders and the owner want it is that way. all in 15. >> jam-packed show. richard, thank you, looking forward to the show. most of you don't plan to vaccinate your kids against the swine flu what it turns out from a poll, a new one by the university of michigan, surveying more than 1600 parents. only four in ten said they want their kids to have the h1n1 vaccine. of those parents, they say that they will skip the vaccine, almost half say they are worried
about its side effects and a similar number say they are not worried about the virus. recent changes in credit card rules will give you more protection, but as hln money expert clark howard warns, card issuers are still finding ways to get around this reform act. >> i have had so many people e-mailing me saying they are fit to be tied about their credit card companies. new legislation takes effect in february next year that restrikes when a credit card company can raise interest rates on you and when they can change terms and conditions on you as well. they have to give you longer notices, that's already happened. what kind of things are credit card companies doing in advance? number one, they are switching how your interest rate is calculated on your interest card moving from fixed rate offererings to variable rates
why is that significant to you? here is the deal much the rate the variables work off of is something known as the prime rate. prime rate is extra low right now. when prime rate rises, the interest rate on your card will rise as well. how do you fight back against a changing interest rate? pay off your balances. then they can't charge you. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to pack a punch in your wallet go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach to you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern tomorrow and sunday right here on hln. i bet your cohorse can't do this. uh-huh. check it out. lucas can spell and do math and might just be the smartest horse in the world.
angeles. these are live pictures. now, look at this you see the ladder truck from that firefighters' truck, below there, underneath those word there is, you can see them getting water on this thing. officials say there are no immediate reports of injuries or evacuations, that's the good news so far. a fire official says 100 firefighters are on scene right now. that is a big fire to take care of. there is no word on the immediate cause of this whole thing. the facility refines 97,000 barrels of oil a day, so you can imagine this thing could get really hot. and according to the company website, it manufacturers gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuels, petroleum, coke and fuel oil. so some very flammable things for sure. so we will keep an eye on this and keep you posted. these live pictures, again, in the los angeles area of a refinery fire. homes ago, vice president joe biden just arrived in georgia for a first-hand look at all the flooding damage. he is also here with the fema
director and the homeland security secretary. the vice president will see scenes like this near atlanta here as people return home to a massive cleanup. eight days of record rain led to nine deaths in the state. president obama has pledged federal relief money for several georgia counties. and if you are just looking at these pictures here and you want to help flood victims, check out cnn.com/robin. click on the impact robin for details on where dough nations are needed. some people, they have lost absolutely everything. well, they say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks so why the heck you a not try teaching a horse? a woman in california turned lucas here, a retired race horse into a math prodigy of sorts. >> how about two? good. i am just about out of tricks. i would like for him to be able to add and subtract some day. >> the 16-year-old horse can
catch and pick out the letters to spell his name. isn't he so cute? his owner calls him the world's smartest horse. everybody's all quiet. >> your average horse. >> i'm just in awe. >> nice socks. tiger woods gave a guy a few pointers, might be regretting it, because this guy then goes out and has a better day than even tiger on at course. oops. here's rafer with that. >> tiger always says he likes to help out a friend but this time it might have come at, well, the expense of his success. tiger and sean o'hair were practicing for the last leg the fedex championship, $10 million on the line sean o' -- had hair is a good golfer. but watch it in action. 55-foot birdie putt, he leads the field now, ahead of tiger by one stroke. this is what tiger had to say about it. >> i thought i could offer a little bit of help and insight
into how he could change that and now, as i said, i will go chew him out. >> somebody probably chewed himself sought phil mickelson, an here he is chipping from the sand. that goes into the gallery and so why not send it back to exactly where you were when you started? the man shot an 8 on this whole. that is a snowman. he still finished 1 under, tied f for 26 out of 30 golfers. these guys are celebrating in columbia after south carolina beat its first top 5 opponent in 28 years, that being ole miss. the gamecocks shocked ole miss with a win last night. last time they beat a top 5 opponent was 1985 when this song was a hit ♪ hit me with your best shot >> before those kids were even born, i tell you.
congrats to south carolina. >> 80,000 pack into these things for the gamecock games all the time, devoted fans. >> lastly, if you want to buy something for your young sports fan, it's "sports illustrated's" wow, the pop-up book of sports. this is danny way jumping the great wall of china a few years ago. and then david tyrese. and kelly coming down the pike. >> it's for kids, bob. >> speaking of usc, my wife went to clem son. calls it the university of second choice. to me, i find that offensive myself. let me show you what it looks like. if you're doing any kind of traveling, one-hour or more delay around chicago. rain showers coming in. it's going to be windy, blustery out of the north today.
>> welcome to comcast local edition. my guest this hour is dr. faye williams, national chair of the national congress of black women. thank you so much for joining me. >> it's always great to be here. >> now, for those that may not know, what's the mission of the national congress of black women? >> well, we are an organization that works with the community, mainly with young people. we have a program for 9-12 years old where we teach them about the wonderful vocations there are in life. we bring in ambassadors, athletes, and we want them to know that they can be more than
a singer, dancer, or football player. we have another program for which comcast is our media partner on young ambassadors. we try to teach young adults to navigate life. we teach conflict resolution, about vocations, and about going to school, the importance of time management, discipline, that kind of thing. >> thou, you have an anniversary awards luncheon coming up. you recognize numerous women for their wonderful accomplishments. when is the luncheon? >> sunday, september 27th. people remember it by the sunday morning following the congressional black caucus. it's at 11:00 this year, which is a change of time. >> where is it located? >> this year at the united states naval yard, sixth and m street southeast. we're looking forward to having a wonderful time. there's a beautiful view of the
water there. >> and in celebrating your 25th anniversary, congratulations, by the way. >> thank youia who are some of our honorees? there's an extensive list. >> we always honor first our founding chairs and fathers. we want to salute them first. janet lange heart corn, we have several other women, we always honor the newly elected blank congresswomen. that will be marsha fudge this year. we have a judge from michigan, judge denise langhart mars, and i'm sure we have a couple of
more, a general manager of a car dealer, ms. craft from the area, and of course, our wonderful chair, president of the northern verge urban league laverne chapman. regina kelly, the subject of the movie american violet. >> you have an extensive list of women that touch us in so many areas of our lives. >> we have a good mother award. this year it's being received by peter harvey. we are honoring him, because as an attorney general, he worked very hard on domestic violence. that's one of our projects. we honored him. last year we were honored that have kami brown. >> thank you for honoring him. >> we are probably the only
organization in town that has a $75 fundraising ticket. that's the general admission. there are corporate tickets, member tickets, and general membership tickets, general public tickets. they are selling pretty fast this year. when they hear about the honorees, people want to bring their young children, especially young women to meet these people. they can meet the young lady that flew across the country. >> thank you for joining me. >> we hope to see you there this year. >> my pleasure, definitely. my guest has been dr. faye williams national chair of the national congress of black women. if you're interested in what comcast is doing in your area, go to on demand and click local. for comcast local edition, i'm